Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week program intended to promote US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.
I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two, and also the offers for weeks three through five. Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.
There are a total of 1,143 packages for sale, and you can buy up to two packages per Wyndham Rewards account. While the promotion is marketed as offering a free night at a Wyndham Rewards hotel, in reality you can redeem those points however you’d like. They just describe it that way to show one way you could use your points.
Wyndham Rewards has a unique loyalty program, as they charge the same number of points for redemptions at all of their properties. This was a change that they made in 2015, and that certainly makes aspirational redemptions more lucrative.
Of course the slight problem here is that most Wyndham Rewards properties aren’t especially aspirational. So spending $175 to buy 15,000 points, and then redeeming them at a Howard Johnson that costs ~$70, probably isn’t an especially good deal.
Admittedly this is an extreme example, but there are also redemptions on the other end of the spectrum. Over New Year’s Eve in New York City there are Wyndham properties for $500+, not including tax (including taxes & fees, that’s $650+), like the Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown and The New Yorker.
The Mills House in Charleston, South Carolina, also frequently has high rates, so is another great property to redeem points at.
I don’t recommend buying points speculatively in hopes of getting such a redemption, since these are the extremes. However, there are a good number of properties that go for $250+ per night, where you can get good value.
Wyndham Rewards also offers a points plus cash redemption option, though it’s more capacity controlled. However, when available, that can be a great use of points as well.
Like most Daily Getaways promotions, there’s potential to get outsized value here with the right redemptions. However, personally I wouldn’t speculatively pick up Wyndham Rewards points for over a penny each. Big picture, there are very few Wyndham properties where you can redeem points and come out ahead having paid $175 for a “free” night.
But I know many will take advantage of this promotion.
Do you plan on buying Wyndham Rewards points through Daily Getaways?